Arsenal fans want Eddie Nketiah to start against Östersunds FK on Thursday, after the news about Alexandre Lacazette’s injury.
On Tuesday, Arsenal ruled Lacazette out for the next four-to-six weeks, revealing he had to undergo a minor knee procedure. This sent supporters into panic mode, because January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible for the Europa League.
With both big money signings out of the Östersund tie, we asked fans who they want to see up front instead:
So, after the news about Lacazette, who would you start in attack against Ostersunds and, hopefully, all other upcoming Europa League fixtures?
— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) February 13, 2018
The most popular response was Eddie Nketiah, with over half of the votes.
Danny Welbeck still received a fair amount of support as well though.
Other than those two, those replying could only come up with the option of recalling Lucas Perez:
Call Lucas back from loan
— Waleed (@ahmd_wal) February 13, 2018
Now that the transfer window is closed, Arsenal can’t recall Perez, so this isn’t actually a possibility. The only exception to this rule is with goalkeepers. If you don’t have two fit keepers at your club, you can recall one from loan with just 24-hours notice.
Claude, one of the stars of YouTube channel ArsenalFanTV, responded to the poll to say that although he’s sad for Lacazette, it’s also a chance for Nketiah to shine:
It's very sad about Lacazette hopefully he will come back soon but a great chance for for Eddie to shine https://t.co/MIfoBKuIeT
— Claude (@GoonerClaude) February 13, 2018
I think Welbeck will probably get the nod, as the most senior player available. If Nketiah does get a chance, he’s more than capable of stepping up.
Whoever gets a chance on Thursday, it’ll be a big opportunity for them to prove themselves. Hopefully they can take it.